Set of 7 plates (archival inkjet prints)
Framed: 47.8 x 73.8 x 4 cm, Each 46.4 x 71.8 cm
The collection of documents archived by Walid Raad and The Atlas Group is a mixture of uncovered and constructed evidence whose authenticity, authorship and even dates are constantly subject to doubt. In blurring the line between historical facts and constructed narratives, Raad investigates how the history of Lebanon – and specifically the long violent period of the Civil Wars – is written and represented. In Let’s Be Honest. The Weather Helped Raad records the locations of bullet holes with colored dots on a series of black and white photographs. The colors of the dots correspond to the colors of the bullets’ tips, which he later learned are color-codes devised by manufacturing countries to mark their cartridges.
*1967 Chbanieh, Lebanon